Category Archives: Jewish House

Renegotiating Boundaries: How Technology in the Home Raises Questions for Every Room

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June 29, 2009

Lisa Colton
We all know how pervasive technology has become in our lives, but the impact of “technology” is much more pervasive than merely the arrival of a new widget or gadget. How are you negotiating these boundaries in your life, with your family, in your home? How do Jewish values inform your thinking and decisions about how you use technology in your home? More »

The Front Porch

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June 4, 2009

Lisa Grant
The front porch is a liminal space — both public and private. It faces the street, making it far more open to the world than a secluded back deck. It also invites visitors into the front hall — the most public of spaces inside the home.  Like the chuppah, the porch is covered from above and open on the sides; it protects and welcomes. More »

The Kitchen

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June 4, 2009

Rachel Kahn-Troster
When imagining a Jewish kitchen, it would be easy to just picture comforting, nourishing images: chicken soup, gefilte fish, a warm gathering place… But the Jewish kitchen is also a place of rupture. We’re several generations past assuming it’s a kosher kitchen, and many of us could not even replicate our grandmother’s recipes if we tried.
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The Refrigerator Door

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June 4, 2009

Laura Kina
My portrait—and this refrigerator door—examines the complex realities of a multiracial, multiethnic society — “the slipperiness of identity” that is my own autobiography. More »

America’s Creative Capital as “Ground Zero” for the Homeless

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June 4, 2009

Stephen Julius Stein
Yesterday at one of our food pantries, the 18 year-old teen, with a beauty befitting a star on “90210,” lay against the stone wall, her boyfriend comforting her as a case manager phoned 911, and I offered words of support to a dehydrated, vomiting, two-monthspregnant homeless woman. More »

Dining/Room

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June 4, 2009

Aryeh Cohen
The first real furniture my partner and I bought after we moved into our house ten years ago was a beautiful cherry-wood dining room table. The table came with dreams of Shabbat meals, sederim, family gatherings, communal festivities, teaching classes, and studying Torah.
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